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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

A' complete cure was always effected in a few minutes. At one time the Governor had a relative by the name of Hatch who was stopping with him a short time when one day Hatch was complaining of languid feeling, Mr. Throop told him that all he "needed was some vial exercise. " In the Spring Brook, a few rods below Mr. Throop's house, there was a small island, to which he had access by means of a rustic bridge. • That island he fitted up with walks and arbors, and bowers. There were two trees -standing a few feet apart. These were so notched as to receive and sustain a board which he used for a seat. The formation of new wood by the growth of the trees, year after year, so pressed upon the ends of the board as to cause the center to spring downward,, giving it the appearance of an inverted arch. There he is now, reclining on his seat. But has he chosen that quiet retreat to escape from trouble or sorrow; is he suffering from a depression of spirits, or giving way to a fit of melancholy? No, not a bit of it, for no man has more buoyant feelings, or enjoys life better than Mr. Throop. That is his Paradise; there he holds delightful communion with nature, and with his kindred spirits of the past and present; there he is in such a state of felicitous, transporting enjoyments that the gods might envy him. On his right and left are the clear, sparkling, laughing waters of the brook merrily rushing onward, in whose bosoms the minnows and the sparkling shiners were holding a perpetual holiday, gay butterflies were dancing and flitting in the sunlight,

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